To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable:
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a slave owner. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself:
“God, I thank you that I am not like other men - robbers, evil-doers, adulterers - or even like this slave owner. I’ve never killed anyone, I hardly ever lie, I’m in favour of all the popular things to be in favour of, and I’m against all the things most people are against, and I try to be as good as I can.
“But the slave owner stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
“I tell you the slave owner, rather than the Pharisee went home justified before God. For every functional atheist who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”